EDITORIAL: I’m shocked at number of our CQ street kids

I'M yet to come to terms with our front-page report today that there are some 80 indigenous children in the Rockhampton region who have been able to slip through the cracks and face their teenage years on the streets.

Read the story here: Elders call for funds to help 'save 80 homeless kids'

This is an astounding number of lives potentially on the brink of crisis.

The Fitzroy Basin elders have moved to address the situation and are seeking financial support from the community for a new service to tackle the issue.

I find it hard to understand that in this day and age we don't have the appropriate legislation and support services in place to ensure every group of people has required support.

I can understand from time to time, in complex matters, an individual slipping through a system, but 80 youths?

Surely fixing this situation is paramount and represents money better spent than not addressing it and leaving the community to deal with the consequences.

As elders say, many of these youngsters will turn to a life of crime and drugs.

In a statement to media, the elders highlighted the case of a 16-year-old indigenous youth who was killed and another seriously injured following a car accident in a stolen vehicle in Rockhampton.

The statement said these young men were known to a number of government, community and justice services for more than three years and were linked with these services, with little to no change taking effect in their personal circumstances.

We need to do everything possible to protect these children and give them every opportunity to lead positive lives.



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